Pay back time for Valletta FC as they make it to semis

Saturday, April 3, 2010, 17:35

Jamie Pace, Valletta's first goal scorer

by Catherine Micallef

Valletta FC are the second team together with Hamrun Spartans to qualify into the semi finals of the U*Bet FA Trophy. The second match from the U*Bet FA Trophy competition scheduled on Saturday 2nd April at the National Stadium Ta’ Qali was between the two teams which are also challenging for the BOV Premier League title. In a ‘hot’ stadium packed with supporters, early during the match, Valletta managed to open the score with a goal from the midfielder Jamie Pace in the sixth minute who managed to beat Birkirkara’s foreign goalkeeper Jorge Mora. A goal which will lead to controversy this week since the Valletta player was in a clear off side position.

It was clear that Valletta wanted to pay back Birkirkara FC after being defeated last Sunday. On that occasion it was Birkirkara’s Trevor Cilia who handed the victory to his team and propelled Birkirkara to the top of the BOV Premier league table. Ball possession was more in Valletta’s favour and on the 22nd minute , Valletta’s new acquisition, Michael Mifsud received a fine cross from Roderick Briffa and from just outside the small box, the ex-Coventry and Barnsley player, managed to double the score for the Citizens. Two extra minutes were given by the referee Lautier in the first half of the match as Valletta FC went in their dressing room happy with the goal advantage whilst Birkirkara coach Paul Zammit prepared his team talk to encourage his players give a better performance in the second half of this hot encounter.

During the second half, the Valletta players showed their strength and could have easily increased the score as a direct corner by Gilbert Agius hit the post. In the 66th minute, Valletta were reduced to 10 men, when their captain Agius was sent off the pitch after persistent protests aimed at referee Lautier. The fact that Valletta were reduced to 10 men did not intimidate the Valletta players because in the 70th minute Michael Mifsud’s shot missed Jorge Mora’s goal post by a whisker.

Birkirkara got back on track on the 80th minute with a free kick by Shaun Bajada which found captain Michael Galea’s header to reduce the score to 2-1. The Valletta ten-man squad could not risk another upset in less than six days and during the remaining minutes they tried to retain their one goal advantage. On the 87th minute Michael Mifsud’s shot hit the post and was very unlucky in not managing to place the ball in the net.

FIFA referee Lautier gave and extra three minutes of injury time which Valletta used to keep the pressure on Birkirkara. in fact from a final counter attack, three minutes in which Valletta took advantage from, and from a counter attack, second-half substitute Declan O’Brien received a ball from Michael Mifsud and hit Valletta’s 3rd goal to seal the duel.

The next two quarter final matches from the U*Bet FA Trophy are scheduled for next Monday 5th April where Tarxien Rainbows take on Balzan Youths and Hibernians FC face Qormi FC at 6pm and 8pm respectively at the National Stadium, Ta’ Qali.

Referee – Chris Lautier

Full time: Valletta FC 3 – Birkirkara FC 1





5 Comments

  1. pompa tal liri says:

    Daqt invenvnu l wied biha :) )))

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  2. vfc says:

    @pompa tal biki

    Mela ma kantajtux WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS il bierah???? TGHID GHALXIEX UX!!!!

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  3. pompa tal liri says:

    Ha toqodu tistennewna nitilfu il punti ? tal miljuni! :) ))

    Minjaf kemm tixtiequ ghandkom players JILABU ghal flokk mux ghal BUT Xriha!!!!!

    Niggustom ibusu l flokk wara xi Goal !!!!  :))))))

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  4. Christian Curmi says:

    Proset Whites – La Sliema u B` kara barra nahseb iz-zewg trophies jaslu – imma difficli biex jigbru il-mitejn elf euro talli johdu sehem fic-Champions League l-Belt

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  5. kirsten mifsud says:

    Kellu bzonn nibqghu nilabu hekk anke fl-ahhar hames loghbiet tal-league come on whites – kirsten

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